Stonehenge road tunnel plan approved by transport secretary Grant Shapps

Controversial plans for a two-mile road tunnel near Stonehenge have finally been approved despite warnings from planners that it will cause "permanent irreversible harm" to the ancient site.

Grant Shapps, the transport secretary, overruled a recommendation from planning officials to give the green light to the scheme, ending decades of debate.

The GBP2.4 billion project will result in the existing A303 road being widened into a dual carriageway and placed beneath the World Heritage Site. It is designed to improve views of the monument and significantly ease congestion on a busy route between London and the West Country.

The tunnel will be built a further 50 metres away from the monument than the existing A303 to avoid archaeological sites HIGHWAYS ENGLAND

The scheme was first proposed in the late 1980s but has been repeatedly rejected because of concerns that tunnelling would destroy archaeological treasures around the site.

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